Butland heading for exit?7
December 25, 2012 by Made In Brum
Blues goalkeeper Jack Butland is likely to be the first player out of the St. Andrews exit door when the January transfer windows opens.
It has been well documented that a host of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham have been keeping tabs on the 19 year-old, with Brendan Rodgers actively making an enquiry.
In the summer, Blues turned down a £6million offer from Southampton for the ‘stopper whose been capped by England. However, the payments were thought to have been in instalments which put Blues off selling their prized asset. With the clubs current financial predicament, understandably if an offer in that region was forthcoming in January, it would seriously test Peter Pannu’s resolve.
The acting-chairman admitted this weekend that talks are ongoing with at least two consortium’s, however, nothing has been agreed, and talks “haven’t been very eventful so far”.
Pannu told Blues fan site Often Partisan- “we need to ensure that we do not go in to administration by raising some funds and it maybe the case that further disposal (one or maybe two depending of revenue generated) will have to be made to maintain the cash flow”.
Butland is England’s most sought after young goalkeeeper, and it would be an achievement if the club were to hold onto him. Lee Clark said recently- “we don’t want to lose a player of Jack’s ability”. But the Geordie may have it taken out of his control.
Clark does have a list of players he would like to bring in, but the club will operate on a one-out, one-in basis, with the manager having to wheel and deal for his incoming transfers. It is likely, should Butland leave, a replacement would be signed to act as competition for Colin Doyle and David Lucas.
Nathan Redmond is also under scrutiny, but with his below average displays so far this term, no enquiry has been made so far.
He’d be mad to go to L’pool! Sit on the bench…
We’re going down a road of no return under these muppets.
if you keep selling your best players you get relegated (e.g. coventry) unless you have a decent manager, ( e.g. Derby). That doesn’t mean Clark is not capable, but it’s a massive gamble, it’s more about the boards strategy.
I believe we need to cut wages not sell our best players unless they don’t want to have their wages cut. This way we only get rid of greedy players, the board are getting rid of young players who aren’t on a fortune and who are possibly our future and keeping high earners on the books like zigic which is killing the club.
In fairness, Davies, Zigic, Carr aside, we haven’t got many on Prem wages now.
I get your point though
its a load of rubbish, when he was on soccer am he said that he’ll be going now where in january because he just wants to play football
He also said “we’ll see what the future holds” and it may be taken out of his hands…
What do u expect him to say on soccer am? “I really want to leave cuz the club is in turmoil”?
I understand what people are saying about selling our key players, but if we could be sure that the money from the transfer would go into the club rather than Carson’s pocket, I’d quite happily take £6 mil for Butland.
We’re in so much debt, which the cash would help us pay off, and it would also help us to rebuild the team. The squad isn’t big enough and we’ve been unlucky with injuries, we could do with some funds to strengthen the squad.
Furthermore, I reject the notion that Butland is indispensable to the club. He might be a great long-term prospect, although he’s made mistakes he’s still learning and improving, but the priority has to be helping the clubs financial state in the short-term. Butland isn’t exactly an incredibly reliable keeper, as evidenced by the number of goals we’ve conceded, though part of that is because of the defence. I think we should think about getting as much as we can for Butland and put that into trying to rebuild the club